Moving up in a business is quite challenging. Find out what an expert from our firm has to say about doing it the right way.
A member of our team since his first internship in 2010, it is fair to say that Vincent d’Auteuil, now Senior Manager – Transaction Support, has rapidly risen through the ranks. Looking back on his career, he shared some tips that helped him quickly make his mark.
1. Ask questions
Vincent is adamant that curiosity is the best ally for entering the job market. He believes that the most promising candidates are those who discuss their questions with their team and who are constantly looking for ways to improve.
The worst mistake, he says, is not being honest about your assigned tasks. The repercussions can be detrimental in terms of time and resources. His advice is clear: “Never hesitate to ask questions to help you understand your work. This can only be beneficial in your superior’s eyes and will make your job much easier.”
2. Take a step back
What do you bring to the team? It’s important to think about what you can contribute. This way, you also contribute to the firm’s efficiency. Take a step back and think about the various objectives of your work. This will help you better understand the motivations behind a task and perhaps suggest more effective ways to proceed. Creative and efficient people are always in demand!
3. Learn how to communicate well
During his career, Vincent has come across a number of mentors who had some sound advice for him. The most important thing he learned? Develop the ability to express yourself, to say what you think and not always say yes.
Communication between team members is fundamental. Check in with your colleagues, adjust to their ways of doing things, but stay true to yourself. Assert yourself when necessary, but always be diplomatic. Choose the right words and don’t hesitate to meet individually with your colleagues if you feel the need to express your feelings.
Empathy is an essential quality for making your way in business, so never forget to create strong bonds with your team.
4. Believe in yourself
When talking about the early days of his career, Vincent remembers that he was worried about disrupting, being annoying, not being up to the task. These feelings are normal at the beginning of your career, but you have to learn to believe in yourself. Your desire to learn and excel, your passion must override your fear.
Compromises and solutions exist; it is up to you to suggest them when you feel you need help. This unpretentious self-confidence will certainly help you progress, improve and find your place. In addition to improving your personal development, you will be able to better seize the professional opportunities available to you.
5. Find your balance
Although work is important, it should not become your only focus. There must be a balance with your private life. Vincent considers that this balance is essential to avoid falling into a damaging, stressful cycle. Knowing how to let go in the quieter periods is just as necessary as knowing how to invest yourself in your profession positively and with passion.
Ready to climb the ladder? It’s your turn to prove yourself!